Here Comes the Bride
Along with the film’s many readily identifiable touchstonesElsa Lanchester’s striped, high rise, Nefertiti doo, all Ken Strickfaden’s great sparking and banging lab gear (which Mel Brooks later used and finally credited Strickfaden for in Young Frankenstein), and Ernest Thesinger’s supremely creepy portrayal of Dr. Pretoriusthere’s the great Franz Waxman’s score which has recently been released on LP for the very first time by European reissue label Music on Vinyl. Ironically, the film was nominated for only one Academy Award, Best Sound Recording, and yet Waxman always lamented that many of his score’s highlights were obscured by sound effects. But even with those distractions, the 75 minute long Bride is a classic example of how important great film scores can be to the film’s impact. What would the climactic scene where the Monster sees the Bride for the first time be without Waxman’s ringing chimes. From there the musical highlights are many: A single drum beating like a human heart, gongs and vibraphones, gossamer, winged, washes of melody played only on violins, and of course, harp glissandos. Most of the cues in the score use whole tone scales rather than the more common diatonic scales, to give it a more otherworldly feel. The three distinct motifs Waxman created for the main charactersa menacing trumpet figure for the monster, a childlike melody for the Bride and the quirky Pretorius numberare simple but unforgettable.
Music on Vinyl which for its masters, uses original master tapes if it can get them, mostly from American labels, or failing that digital copies, has pressed this release in heavyweight 180 gram yellow/orange swirled vinyl and added a facsimile of the original movie poster backed with new liner notes. While I found the LP pressing a bit noisy, it’s much superior to a CD version I once owned.